Can anybody tell me who Nada Surf is? I mean, if it weren't for Relient K's cover of their song "Inside of Love," I never would have heard of them. But as I listened to that song on the way to work today, one lyric in particular caught my ear. Watching terrible TV, it kills … Continue reading I Wanna Know What It’s Like on the Inside of Love
I hate movies where a romantic commitment is violated. For example, The Wedding Planner. It stars Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez in your typical romcom. It's a perfectly fine romcom except McConaughey's character starts pursuing Lopez's character while he's engaged to someone else. It takes McConaughey's character to get to his wedding day before he confesses … Continue reading Married to a New Master
My wife's been reading through Hebrews and using a commentary by J. Vernon McGee. I bought the commentary when I was reading through the book myself. Yesterday, she brought to me the words discussing Hebrews 12:6-8, which read: "For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives." It is … Continue reading 4 Reasons Christians Suffer (With a Hat Tip to J. Vernon McGee)
Author's Note: Discussion of sex that follows may be frank or a little uncomfortable for some. Rated PG-13. I woke up this morning to find on my Facebook feed a video obituary from CNN of the life of Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy. He passed away Wednesday at the age of 91. He was, … Continue reading You Can’t Blame Hef for Where America Is Now
So many things divide us. Oh, I know, what a hot take. We're divided? No way. How often do we think this is OK, though? How often do we think, "Well, we disagree on something, and it makes us dislike each other," and we just move on? I admit that I've felt that way recently. … Continue reading It’s Better to Be Together Than to Win the Argument
It was a little past midnight. Unable to go to sleep because I had taken a four-hour nap earlier in the day, I pulled out my Bible. I've been a little lax, to put it mildly, on Scripture reading in recent months, so I've decided to go back to my favorite chapters in the Bible … Continue reading Do We Have It All Wrong About ‘Prosperity Teaching’?
So I work as a reporter at The Sanford Herald in Sanford, N.C., and my world was shaken yesterday. We were told there was a police-involved shooting in downtown Sanford, a few hundred yards from our office. We were waiting for more information from police. Then the news came in. I'll copy our report below: … Continue reading I’ve Looked Down That Road Too
I like to buy music. Probably too much. But I like it. I like finding new music to listen to while I drive to work, while I write articles at work, if I'm just lounging around my apartment. The newest music I bought was the album If I Never Speak Again by Hearts Like Lions. Before … Continue reading God Paid for Me. What Am I Doing With That?
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts betroubled, neither let them be afraid." — Jesus, in John 14:27 I think we've mistaken what peace really is. We read verses like the one above, which is awesome, and we interpret it as, "OK, having peace means I won't feel worried and I won't have fear. So if I feel worry and fear, I'm not at peace." That's … Continue reading Redefining Peace: True Peace Isn’t a Feeling
One of the more graphic proverbs in the Bible is found in Proverbs 22:6. It reads: "Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly." The image is, well, kinda gross. Nobody really enjoys looking at vomit. I thought about putting a picture of vomit at the top of this post, but … Continue reading Returning to Vomit: We Like to Go Back to That Which is Gross